When the Boston Celtics (14–10) meet up with the Cleveland Cavaliers (15–7) for the first time since Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Celtics small forward Jae Crowder hopes that Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith extends an apology for a play that resulted in Crowder being injured, according to ESPN.
During the third quarter of that game, J.R Smith struck Crowder in the face, being assessed a flagrant 2 foul for the brutal hit. As Crowder fell to the court, he sustained a sprained ACL.
“I hope he apologizes [Tuesday], to be honest with you,” Crowder said.
Crowder said that he hoped Smith’s actions weren’t intentional when asked about the play, but said “we'll play ball” if Smith doesn’t apologize.
Crowder, 25, has played well this season, averaging career highs in points (12.5), assists (2.0) and steals (2.0).